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live from the capital rebecca cooper. >> jobs at the pentagon may be in jeopardy when we go over the fiscal cliff. they are not the only military related work at stake. northern virginia bureau chief jeff goldberg is live at the pentagon tonight. >> last week, defense secretary leon panetta said day-to-day operations would likely not change dramatically if we go over the fiscal cliff. any potential layoffs would probably not happen immediately. workers are watching this very closely. watching children skate round and round is how many americans would describe what they're watching right now on capitol hill. >> it is absolutely unconscionable. >> in the pentagon, it is alarming. it would lead to sequestration across the board government cuts. the planning has already begun for temporary layoffs. civilian furloughs could impact up to 800,000 workers. >> it feels like a punch in numbers gut. >> she works with the faa. >> a lot of uneasiness, nobody knows what things will happen. everyone is nervous. >> it is really having an impact on everyone. >> she is a server in pentagon city. 7
pretty good. travel lanes moving well and up to speed. also looking at 395 around the pentagon, very light volume and that is a look at your fox 5 on- time traffic. >> all right. thank you. the washington regional alcohol program is offering its sober ride program again this this new year's eve. it runs from 10:00 tonight until 6:00 tomorrow morning. the program covers cab fare home up to $30 and we also have more information for you on myfoxdc.com. >>> with all the rain and the snow and the wind, it was a good weekend to hit the movies. the hobbit was the biggest box office draw again raking in close to $33 million. it beat the star-packed musical les miserables. third place went to django unchained. here in some news for you. kim kardashian and kanye west are expecting their first child. the hip-hop star and tucker barnes' favorite rapper announced that his girlfriend is pregnant during a concert in atlantic city last night. most of the kardashians tweeted about the news including her sisters and mother. there are reports the reality star is 12 weeks pregnant. this will be the coup
will reach the limit on borrowing unless congress acts. the bill delays large cuts to the pentagon and other government programs. now although congress missed the january 1st midnight deadline by-passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans while preventing a middle class tax hike that could have sent the economy back into a recession. >> reporter: now the president praised the deal and quickly took off for a hawaiian vacation. now in march, another round of fighting as congress tackles the debt ceiling. reporting live, sherrie johnson. >> after this happened maryland congressman andy harris released a statement in part reading, i oppose this legislation that increases taxes on 77% of people in my district. and here's why congressman harris says the deal actually raises taxes on most americans. that deal prevented an increase on income taxes but you will have to pay more coming out of your paycheck. that's because this deal didn't extend to the payroll ta
to the pentagon and other government programs. although congress missed the january 1st midnight deadline by-passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> it's a very, very strong first step. >> this is an important one. that is critical one for the future of the country. >> reporter: so in march another round of fighting as congress tackles the debt ceiling. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> immediately after commenting on the house vote the president headed to andrews air force base in maryland and this is new video from overnight where he boarded the plane to fly to hawaii to rejoin his family. obama spent five days there before returning to the white house last thursday. >>> changes are coming to the health care for the coming year of 2013 the main is health insurance exchanges. they must be up and running by october 1st. only 18 states including maryland on thed to build their exchange. other things you need to watch out for, contributions to a flexible spending account is limited to 2500 dollars. you're allowed to deduct
and also extend unemployment benefits and delays the automatic spending cuts to the pentagon and domestic programs by three months. crack at some point you just want to not pay attention to it. >> others are more optimistic. >> hopefully, they will figure it out next year. we have options if we go over the fiscal cliff. >> mitch mcconnell and senate democrats hit a stalemate on the weekend and he met twice today with the vice-president. >> i am willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner. >> the deal is tenuous and needs to get through a republican- controlled house as a countdown of a different kind chris closer, that is set to trigger a broad tax increases and drastic cuts. our top priority has to be to make sure taxes on middle-class families don't go up. that would hurt our economy badly. >> this afternoon it appears we are very close to a deal. if not, an average american family will start the new year with a $3,400 tax hike. here's hoping there's a reason to raise your glass in a post tonight and a sigh of relief. john gonzalez, abc 7 news. >> you can get the latest on eff
the pentagon and over to the 14th street bridge. obviously, pretty light volume. your hov lanes in virginia open in the northbound direction. we'll go to the top side of the beltway through montgomery county. the beltway itself in both directions, travel lanes are open. incident-free, we do have a water main break on wisconsin avenue as you head south just before cedar lane. they are set up on the left side of the road. right lane does get you by right now. not much volume. 270 a good ride around the outer loop to the legion bridge. no problems. we'll head further down on 66 as you are coming in from front royal, no problems to report inside or outside the beltway especially at the interchange by the beltway all the way through falls church in arming ton to the roslyn tunnel, roosevelt bridge, happy to report we are incident-free and that is a current look at your fox 5 on-time traffic. traffic. >> thank you. >>> the secretary of state is returning to work next week. hillary clinton has been sidelined for almost three week for a concussion. she hit her head after becoming faint earlier this
. the increasing of taxes and the sequester, the across-the-board tax cuts that would affect both the pentagon and domestic programs. joining me now with an update, a re-set, if you will, chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel. mike? >> bret, good evening, once again. it has been an interesting day up here on capitol hill after that wide bipartisan vote in the united states senate we instantly heard grumblings this morning from house republicans who said they wanted to take time to read the bill. after they read the bill they did not like what they saw. they said where are the spending cuts. raise taxes $41 for are every dollar or so that we are going to save money. that didn't add up for them and so house republican leadership spent a whole lot of time today, two different meetings behind closed doors with the rank and file allowing the rank and file to vent about the deal and talk about a way toward. they talked about the possibility of doing an amendment eceptionly to try -- essentially to try to tack on spending cuts on to the existing bill and then send it back to the united state
the wall street journal, or the pentagon indicated they wanted to maintain 6000 to 15th thousand u.s. troops following 2014. that is the issue under discussion now. there's approximately around 340 0,000 afghan security forces in place, including the police. the pentagon recently indicated i don't believe there was a major unit capable of operating independently from nato support. there was some manipulation of the metrics they were using where the things appear to be making more progress than perhaps they were. that came out in a white paper. what will be the long term success or failure of the afghan national security forces is yet to be determined. they need about $4.1 billion a year to continue at that level, which is more than the entire government revenues in afghanistan. so it's gone to take a long-term commitment of foreign powers to maintain that size of armed forces. the afghans have proven that they are excellent fighters. the question is will they be excellent soldiers for the government of afghanistan? host: one other question, how stable do you think the karzai govern
pentagon budget issues coming up. so there's some talk about him wanting to hang on and try to manage the budget issues that are going to hit the pentagon over the next few months. host: we're taking your calls with david jackson, the white house reporter for u.s.a. today. first up is doug from oklahoma on the democratic line. good morning. caller: good morning. i had a question about geithner. hadn't he said something earlier about wanting to leave? guest: that's correct. host: around the inauguration was the quote. host: how would you feel about geithner leaving? do you want him to go as a democrat? caller: that's a good question. no. no. guest: the caller is right. geithner has said publicly he wants to leave around the nomination. but with the uncertainty, i don't think the administration would want him to leave as long as these issues are hanging. so we get a fiscal cliff this deal and i think he's going to be gone by the end of the month but i think it's kind of up t in the air. host: says a contender for his job would be jack lew. guest: that's the betting money. is his job if
to the pentagon and other government programs. so in march we may see another round of fighting. president obama says he hopes congress can get a deal done with a little less drama. abc news, washington. >> not all law makers are satisfied with the new fiscal cliff idea. andy harris is one republican who voted against it. released a statement reading, ioppose the legislation increase being tax on 77% of my people in my district. harris goes onto say the bill is business as usual in washington doing nothing to deal with the 16.4 trillion dollar debt. >>> so when harris says it will raise taxes on 77% of americans he is talking about the end of the pay he roll tax holiday. basically what it means is the amount taken out of your paycheck for social security will go up 2%. for most americans that means we will pay a thousand dollars more in tax this is year than last. >>> this morning secretary of state hillary clinton is in the hospital recovering from a potentially serious blood clot. >> doctors treated her yesterday with blood thinners. now those familiar with clinton's rare blood type clot say t
to the budget of the pentagon and the number of domestic agencies. >> we can come together as democrats and republicans to cut spending and raise revenue in a way that reduces our deficit, protects our middle class, provides ladders into the middle class for everybody who is willing to washing hard. >> despite this bill, your paycheck is a little smaller because a temporary cut in payroll tax expired. the social security will jump back to 6.2% for 160 million americans. it had been 4.2%. some banks say that could cut consumer spending this year. that's less than the 115 to $125 billion in revenue it cost the government each yoor. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> angie, thank you for that. >>> new york area lawmakers from both parties are furious with house republican leaders. they are angry the current congressional term will end without a vote on aid for victims of hurricane sandy. a house committee drafted a measure to allocate $27 billion for recovery efforts. speaker john boehner says the house won't vote on it before this term ends at noon tomorrow. new york congressman el
in and the pentagon will be forced to cut $9 million in spending. >> if lawmakers can't avoid the fiscal cliff, they may be able to avoid a different cliff, the dairy cliff. house and senate members appear likely to extend farm legislation for a year, a deal that would keep milk prices skyrocketing in january. we were worried about $6 gallon of milk. it could keep a decades old subsidy from coming back to life. the usda would be forced to buy milk at prices well above what farmers were getting now if the subsidy was revived. it could double the price of moib to $6.12 a gallon. >> markets have been reacting to each move on capitol hill, but obviously, things at this point are looking like the dow would open down by about 7.5 points. the dow is off 67 points and the nasdaq is down 14.75 points. all the surprised given the late hour that -- >> even if something doesn't happen today, it happens in two or three days. >> right. so if you were looking for a market reaction because a lot of the market iraqis we've heard has said, if highways the case, near not getting it base odd what they're going to
and passing the pentagon. again, lighter volume on to the southeast-southwest freeway and 14th street and things are looking good in maryland. problem-free as you are heading down 270 from gaithersburg to the split at the beltway. no problems on the beltway itself. prince george's county, you are looking good on route 4, route 50, beltway and route 50. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. e traffic. >>> our other big story now is the fiscal cliff talks. later on today, president barack obama will sit down with top leaders from the house and senate at the white house. he is trying to find an agreement to avoid automatic spending cuts called for in the so-called sequester. and the bush tax cuts are also expiring. they have to agree on raising the debt ceiling as the government's borrowing limit will be reached next week. house speaker john boehner is calling the house into session sunday night. we are getting great comments this morning from you who have logged on it our facebook fan page. karl rose russell writes, if i don't do 199job, i would get fired. the same should be fo
the automatic $492 billion in cuts at the pentagon over the next nine years is for congress to make a deal in the next two days. >>> a state lawmaker is pulls out of the race with jesse jackson jr. 's empty congressional street. he was arrested december 5th because airport security screeners at chicago o'hare found an unloaded baretta handgun in his bag. he doesn't want the charges he faces to detract from the campaign. trotter told the officers at the airport he works a security job and that the gun is for that and that he forgot it in the bag. >>> a russian plane crashed killing four people. it went down and came a part and caught fire. officials say there were eight people on board the red wings plane on the way from the czech republic. the eight people on board were all crew members. the cause is not clear but for now, investigators believe it was pilot error. >>> and to india now. politicians are expressing their condolences to the family of an indian woman who died from injuries sustained during a gang rape. it's causing major protest across the country. indians are demanding greater
at the pentagon and domestic programs that were set to take effect today. >> i've said all along our most important priority was to protect the middle class families. this legislation does that. middle class families will wake up today to the assurance that their taxes won't go up. >> reporter: democratic senator tom harkin suggested the selection missed the mark. >> it does not address the number one priority, creating good middle class jobs now. secondly, this proposal does not generate the revenue necessary for the country to meet its needs. >> reporter: republican senate minority leader mitch mcconnell says neather side got everything it wanted. >> so it took an imperfect solution to prevent our constituents from a very real financial pain, but in my view, it was worth the effort. >> reporter: the republican- controlled house is expected to begin considering the bill later today. a final vote is expected in the next day or two. passage is not at all certain. in new york, patty ann brown, fox news. >> why do you think lawmakers waited until the last minute? we are getting a lot of feed
, there's still a sticking point. the deal delays pending cuts to the pentagon for another two months kicking the issue of sequestration down the road. it's not a perfect bill but the timing was crucial as a new congress is set to be sworn in on thursday. >> thanks to the votes of democrats and republicans in congress, i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans while preventing a middle class tax hike that could have sent the economy back into recession and obviously had a severe impact on families all across america. >>> now, while the tax package passed will protect 98% of americans from income tax increases, most of you will still end up paying more in federal. that's because a temporary cut in the social security payroll tax just expired. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> 5:03 now. markets are reacting positively to the fiscal cliff vote. stocks are up 2%. european stocks are also up right now. this congressional term will end without the house voting on a bill to help victims of sandy. new york area lawmakers from both party are furious over hou
criticizes the state department while widening blame as well, find fault with the pentagon and white house. clinton told committee chairs she's committed to working with them when she recovers and will appear once she gets the go ahead from doctors. they want to hear from clinton in person before they will consider her successor. >> senator kerry wants to hear what she says so he can make comments about i agree with her or i don't. it makes sense to have her go first. >> that was andrea mitchell reporting. clinton's spokesman has not said where the clock is located. >> new, the homeland security has a new report criticizing the state department for the response to the u.s. consulate attack in libya. senator collins and lieberman released the report moments ago. the committee found militants essentially walked in because of faulty security. the report criticizes the state department for failing to sufficiently respond to requests for additional security. >> president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton are the most admired man and woman in the country according to a gallup poll. cl
right now, right around the pentagon, looking good. if you want to head out this morning, you have an uneventful ride at this time. that is a look at your fox 5 on- time traffic. >> and this is new video of that deadly accident we've been talking about this morning. it involved a tractor-trailer and another vehicle on route 28 in fairfax county. this happened around 1:45 this morning at sully road. the driver of another vehicle possibly a pickup, was killed. >>> from worst to first, last night, the washington redskins won their seventh game straight chinning a division title. the first time since 1999? >> that is when prince had that song, 1999. >> dave ross is here. >> thank you, sarah, for making coffee. >> you're welcome. >> just like tony romo. >> we knew he had the penchant to come up small in big games. >> penchant? his whole career. >> he was tiny. and rg iii, you asked me on friday whether or not he would wear the brace. rg iii wore a smaller brace but he still looked like he was not 100%. we'll say about a 70% rg iii. that was good enough to beat 100% of tony romo. >> the
not at pentagon row with more on that, and he went out searching for some disappointed cowboy fans. he found some. >> reporter: hey, jim, for a moment, for a brief tiny illustratty-bitty moment today, almost felt sorry for dallas cowboy fans, but i got over it. >> reporter: are you happy? >> i'm delighted. not just happy, i'm ecstatic. >> i was in the misdemeanor ilschool the last time we were champions. >> reporter: so now you're happy. >> since. ♪ hail to the redskins >> reporter: ectell the fans today. they were walking around with a big smile. cowboy fans, not so much. do you think you could find it in your hard to root for the redskins? >> no, never. >> do you have any cowboy fans in the back of that truck? >> heid it to us again. >> what's it like? >> it would be kind of -- >> he flushed them down the toilet. that's what we did. hail to the redskins. we're on a warpath, fight for all d.c. >> reporter: they won because -- >> they have rg3. >> he's something. >> he's awesome. >> because? >> the defense. >> reporter: defense. >> morris. >> reporter: 200 yards. the redskins won last night bec
. that became more and more until the publication of "the pentagon papers." that was a gradual growth come a difference, between the media the new york times" and the administration, and that continues until the state. there is an oscillation between the administration and "the times" depending on the administration. that difference opened up cordially there, and it continued to. the skepticism to the vietnam war, and watergate, which is mostly "washington post" storage, increased trade gradually we have what we have today, an adversarial right fox, adversarial left, msnbc, and cnn, which is trying to be "the new york times," when nobody wants to see a non- adversarial. "the times" is a two-section newspaper, a term that "the times" does not like any more. the editor -- when you use in it, they get a little bit squeamish. some of you i should probably it, one of my sources -- took a great deal of reading the, and interviews. "the times" is generous in giving me access, letting the interview them. mostly, i got this through approaching them and asking them, and one led to the other. approa
of across the board spending cuts that would have started hitting the pentagon and domestic agent sess agencies this week. >> we have done some good for the country. >> house speaker john boehner has not endorsed the deal yet so passage in the house is not a sure thing. we are joined on the phone now by congressman john garamendi a fairfield democrat who is going to be working today even though it's a holiday. >> got a long day ahead. thanks for joining us, congressman. happy new year to you. tell us, have you had a chance to look at the bill yet? what are the pros and cons ? >> happy new year to everybody in the bay area and hopefully it will be better than last year. i think it can be if we get our work done here in. what. none of us has seen the language of the bill. we will get that this morning as we return to the capital and go through our caucuses around noontime here in washington, d.c. however, the essential elements are known and that is that the "fiscal cliff" at least half of it has been put off, the tax side. the cuts are yet to be dealt with. those will be coming up in th
that? and i want to say a word about sequestration. sequestration is about to kick in. the pentagon and our defense department is like a giant oil tanker. you got to turn it around in a very difficult and slow manner, because they have to make plans and they have to have contingencies -- procurement of weapons, have to do all the things that are necessary to make sure our men and women who are serving in the military are the best trained, best equipped and most professional in the world, which they are. but we're looking at sequestration here when the department of defense says it will decimate our adilt -- ability to defend this nation. shouldn't the president of the united states be concerned about that? but what is his own secretary of defense is saying and what his own chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, his selection, is saying. instead, we kind of joke around and tell people they're going to be here fear new year's eve. that's not the way to lead this nation. so i come to the floor and say to my colleagues, we need to get this done. we all know that we need to get this done
measure delays mandatory pentagon and domestic spenng cuts by two months. as the house convened at midday, a number of republican congressmen complained the bill is still too heavy on tax hikes and too light on spending cuts. ohio's steve la tourette dismissed it as a "package put together by a bunch of sleep- deprived octogenarians on new year's eve." and the alabama representative said the house needs more time. >> the house must postpone this vote until congress and the ameran people have time to study and evaluate this extraordinarily complex legislation and its impact on taxes, revenue, the economy, our debt and a myriad of other issues. >> woodruff: but tennessee democrat steve cohen warned about the consequences of not taking the senate deal. >> my district can't afford to wait a few days and have the stock market go down 300 points tomorrow if we don't get together and do something. >> woodruff: later house democratic leaders emerged from a nearly three-hour meeting with vice president biden, who helped broker the senate deal. minority leader nancy pelosi called for action. >> we
mandatory pentagon and domestic spending cuts by two months. as the house convened at midday a number of republican congressmen complained the bill is still too heavy on tax hikes and too light on spending cuts. ohio's steve la tourette dismissed it as a, quote, package put together by a bunch of sleep-deprived october octogenenarians on new year's eve and the alabama representative said the house needs more time. >> the house must postpone this vote until congress and the american people have time to study and evaluate this extraordinarily complex legislation and its impact on taxes, revenue, the economy our debt and a myriad of other issues. >> woodruff: tennessee democrat steve cohen warned about the consequences of not taking the senate deal. >> my district can't afford to wait a few days and have the stock market go down 300 points tomorrow if we don't ghettoing and do something. >> woodruff: later house democratic leaders emerged from a nearly three-hour meeting with vice president biden who helped broker the senate deal. minority leader nancy pelosi called for action. >> we loo
is open on the 395. lanes are open past landmark. shirlington the pentagon and on to the 14th street bridge. all lanes open on the beltway into springfield and tyson and 66 no early troubles. now maryland drivers i-270 checking in incident-free leafing frederick and beyond into jermantown. gaithersburg rockville into bethesda. southbound lanes of 355 at cedar lane of nih there only the right lane gets by. water main repairs that are ongoing through morning rush hour. and there's a crash down in waldorf st. charles 301 at smallwood drive. the left lane blocked each way there with an ice related crash. road crews are going to have to treat the road surface before they reopen there. >>> with new year's just days away. >> but police will be on patrol to make sure you don't take that party on the road with you. which is very important. you need to stay safe. delia goncalves has a rare look at what police are doing when it comes to the science behind this. >> there's an exact science. we've all seen or thought we've seen the field sobriety test. walking the liners the touching the nose --
game is down right nasty. >>> tributes from the pentagon, white house, and gulf war buddies after the passing of stormin general norman schwarzkopf. and teachers learning how to shoot in case a gunman walks into their classroom. the man offering lessons were free. "starting point" begins right now. friday, december 28th. and our starting point, the pace in's economy and your take home pay on the chopping block. four days remain before the u.s. goes over the edge. that means tax hikes and spending cuts that could trigger another recession. congressional leaders will meet today at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. the full house not even expected to return to work until sunday. here is the guest list for today's showdown. the president, vice president biden, senate majority leader harry reid and house minority leader nancy pelosi on the democratic side. house speaker john boehner, mitch mcconnell representing the republicans. brianna keilar live from washington. what do we expect to happen today? any new offers from the president or house speaker? >> we don't know. right now, all eyes on the
the impact on the military overall will be, quote, very serious. >> the pentagon and the departments are already in financial trouble, because there has already been a $480 billion cut that is being applied right now as we speak. to take another cut on top of that is devastating. >> reporter: it's not just the military itself that will take a hit, also the defense industry, defense contractors, private companies that do work for the pentagon. one democratic congressman in northern virginia whose district maybe hit the hardest by all of this says it could mean layoffs. >> the large defense contractors will probably be okay, they have significant cash reserves, most of them. the smaller contractors would have trouble getting their lines of credit extended, trouble keeping their employees, if they can't be assured of continued employment. >> reporter: congressman moran says if we go over the cliff, which he thinks we will, then the impact and severity of the automatic defense spending cuts depend how long they are in place into the new year before congress finally fixes this fiscal clif
automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to the pentagon and domestic spending. we are getting your take on that this morning with our coverage on a "washington journal." here is what the majority leader harry reid had to say earlier this morning before the vote. >> working through the night and throughout the day, we have reached a deal with senator mcconnell to avert tax increases on middle class americans. i have said all along to our most important priority is to protect middle-class families. this legislation does that. middle-class families will wake up to date to the assurance that their taxes will not go up -- today to the assurance that the taxes will not go up $2,200 each. they will have the certainty to pay for groceries and car payments on next year. legislation protects 2 million americans lost their jobs during the great recession, losing their unemployment insurance. i'm disappointed that we were not able to make a grand bargain as we have for so long, but we tried. host: here is the headline in "the washington times." -- late into new year's eve, the criticism from the le
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morning to you. very light ride this morning. looking at 395 and the pentagon. if your troubles take you towards the beltway at 395, light volume. and from the beltway looking at 95 and the prince william parkway again, travel lanes are open northbound and southbound. not really any problems or delays. 495 at river road. again, really good. light volume. your travels so far mafbing well enough for speed. and that is a look at your fox 5 on time traffic. >> thank you very much. looks like the karsashian clan will be getting bigger. that's because kanye west announcing his girlfriend kim karsashian is pregnant. that's right. she's having a baby . revealing the big news during his concert and the reveal was caught on tape. take a listen. >> ♪ >> make some noise for my baby mama. >> did he just call her baby mama? that's classy. >> that's how he makes his announcement. sarah, you sound so excited. >> i mean come on. baby mama. >> this will be the couple's first child. they've been dating since march. neither reps for either side have responded to the news. but reports kim is 12 weeks pre
, so do have the debt ceiling fight coming up. when you say that it faces and, you expect the pentagon to say we would just hold everything? certainly years, serving months ahead of time. they have to plan on how many people to have in their workforce -- in the force, recruiting. you cannot turn on a dime, like a huge oil tanker. >> john, we will focus on folks that we did not know who are here. we will come right back. don't go away. take five minutes. >> this is just -- >> we saw senators mccain and 11 decide they will come back in a couple of minutes. as we wait, back to something that took place earlier this morning outside the capital. -- the capitol. >> i want to thank you for being here to call on house republicans not to drop the ball on the middle-class. also for the house to show up for work, right? the president is down at the white house, senator harkin and his colleagues are here. they are out on a paid vacation right now. boehner walked out of the allegations with the present and then he walked out of the house and tell all members to go home while we are four days away f
knocked himself out. >> did the pentagon have review? >> no, didn't have fop once i'm retired from active due any i don't have to submit it to the pentagon unless i use classified information. so i avoided using any classified information but a lot of stuff was declassified right after the war. a lot of stuff was a matter of public record. so i had a great deal of material. the best thing i had was this, any war i ever fought most of instructions were sent by message back and forth. so you have hard copy record of every decision made. because of where we are today most of the orders and instructions are seventh back and forth by secured telephone. it became apparent that we're not going have a record of the decisions made unless we have a record ourselves. any time i had a conversation i wrote down what i said and what is being said to me. i had someone in there who would write down every time i made a decision and he would log it into a private journal that we kept of every decision that was happening during the war. if it had not been through that the book would not be written. >> where
at the pentagon, thank you. >>> north korea kim jong undelivering the first new year's address in nearly two decades. mary snow has the latest. what's the latest, mary? >> kim jong-un is calling for an all out struggle and an easing of tensions with sourk but the young leader pralsed the controversial laurvelg. it was condemned by the united nations. we'll have much more on all of this just ahead in our next hour. >>> here in the u.s., many same-sex couples in maryland are ringing in the new year with wedding bells thanks to the new law that went into effect at midnight. >>> and we're pleased to announce the newest edition to the situation room family. he was born friday night to our very own producer melanie buck parks and our studio operator chris parks. he weighed in at 8 pounds, 13 ounces and joins his very excited big sister harper. all are happy, healthy, and we wish them only the very best. the great way to start the new year. >> beautiful, beautiful kids. lovely, lovely kids can. the newest members of our wolf pack here in "the situation room." thanks so much for that. >>> we're foll
obligations. it's working for pentagon contractors, for oil companies, for coal companies. it's for those who want to hold down wages and suppress the rights of workers. it's working for the drug companies who sweet our deal on the prescription drugs and blew the hole in the medicare budget. this masks the reality that the fax resources of government increasingly are going to the highest bidders and a $4 billion national election. the debris at the bottom of the fiscal cliff will be the hopes of doctors of medicare patients, unemployed workers, middle class taxpayers who can't pay any more. our nation pose that the fiscal cliff is proof of the necessity of a constitutional amendment. h.j.res. 100, to rid this nation of the corrupting influence of special interest money with public financing which re-creates a true government of the people. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: witho
department while widening the blame as well, finding fault with the pentagon and white house. clinton told the committee chair she's committed to working with them once she recovers and will appear before them once she gets the go ahead from her doctors. republicans want to hear from clinton in person before they'll consider confirming her successor. >> i've been told from senator kerry he wants that approach also. he needs to hear what she says so he can make comments about i agree with her, i don't agree with her. it makes sense to have her go first. >> clinton's spokesman has not said where the blood clot is located. doctors not involved in her case say if in her legs it's easily treatable. if in the lungs or brain, it would be potentially more dan r dangerous. and doctors want to make sure there are no underlying conditions that led to the clot. she has not announced her future plans but is widely considered the democratic front-runner if she chooses to make another run for the white house in 2016. willie? >> andrea mitchell, thank you. dr. roshini raj is a contributing medical editor
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